VANCOUVER, BC, Sept 15, 2021 – HONK, North America’s leading provider of contactless payments for parking, launched its parking services at SFU. As the majority of students, staff and faculty return to campus for the first time since March 2020, HONK’s contactless parking solutions will enhance the overall campus experience by making parking easier and more accessible. Starting immediately, drivers can purchase 10-pack parking passes and hourly/daily parking from the safety and convenience of their phone – all without downloading an app.
“SFU’s Parking & Sustainable Mobility Services department is happy to partner with HONK to offer contactless payment and the FlexPass system,” said SFU Parking & Sustainable Mobility Services Director, David Agosti. “For the start of our Fall 2021 term, both offerings will give faculty, staff, students, and visitors safe and barrier-free options that adapt to our changing transportation and hybrid work-study environment.”
Hourly and daily parking can seamlessly be purchased via the scan-to-park option that gives drivers a quick, guest checkout experience. With no app to download or pay station to touch, drivers simply scan their phone on the QR code to pull up a payment screen that is pre-loaded with the rate options. Drivers type in their license plate, select for how long they want to park, and can pay via Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, Interac Debit, and all major credit cards.
Drivers can opt to receive text reminders when their parking is set to expire and can add more time to their parking session directly from their phone – no need to rush back to feed the meter if a study session runs late! The HONK payment system integrates directly with SFU’s parking enforcement – passing paid parking sessions to enforcement officers in real-time.
To reflect the new patterns of in-person and hybrid learning, SFU is offering drivers the option to purchase a digital parking pass – FlexPass, powered by HONK – which is a prepaid bundle of 10 parking passes that can be used at designated parking lots across campus. To use, drivers simply park their car and click ‘redeem’ from the HONK wallet and one parking session will be deducted from the 10-pack.
“We’re thrilled to expand our presence along the West Coast and bring our contactless payment system to SFU,” said Michael Back, HONK Founder and CEO. “Parking is a critical piece of the campus experience, and we’re proud to work with SFU to achieve the highest level of safe, convenient and accessible parking for their students, staff and faculty to enhance the overall campus experience.”
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